February 2, 2012: Greyish Eagle Owl (Bubo cenerascens)

This Greyish Eagle Owl was formerly classed as a race of Spotted Eagle Owl, with the latter found in the southern part of the equator , while former is located in northern part of the equator, this is as far as my Kenyan distribution knowledge is regarding this species.

It is a medium to large greyish (grayish) brown owl with dark eyes. Finely vermiculated above and densely so below with barring.

Greyish Eagle Owl, Photo @ Tony Crocetta

All my records of this species has been from Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria National Reserve and  Kerio Valley. I have been informed of records from Samburu and Meru too.

 

Stay tuned as I return later next week from a tour and will be preparing a tour report, new photos, bird songs and much more!

 

– Joe,

have a happy birding week

South Africa 2011: Kruger National Park Photo Report 2 – The Birds

Although this is not Kenya or East Africa I couldn’t resist posting these incredible photographs of birds by Mortal Coil in Kruger National Park South Africa.

Enjoy my fellow birders!

– Joe

Mortal Coil

On our self-drive safari adventure in Kruger National Park (see previous entry on the “Big Five” here) we were amazed at the sheer variety and exoticism of the birds we saw. Apparently over 400 species (resident and migratory) call Kruger home, at least for part of the year. The park is really well set-up for birdwatching, with many hides set up next to waterholes and so on, and while I would not in any way call myself a twitcher, I did at least take an interest in what birds crossed paths with me, which is more than I can say at other times in my life.

In any event, we were lucky enough to encounter these fellows during our time in Kruger:

Scops Owl
Scops Owl

Common/Steppe Buzzard, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Common/Steppe Buzzard

Goliath Heron
Goliath Heron

Cape Glossy Starling
Cape Glossy Starling

Southern Masked Weaver
Southern Masked Weaver

Southern Ground-Hornbill with Scorpion
Southern Ground-Hornbill with Scorpion

Common Bulbul, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Common Bulbul in a Bird Bath

Lilac Breasted Roller
Lilac Breasted Roller

Martial Eagle in Flight, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Martial Eagle…

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